Bob Arum has dismissed a third fight between Tyson Fury and Derek Chisora, despite their public back-and-forth.
Arum, who has co-promoted Fury’s last five fights including three memorable bouts against Deontay Wilder alongside Frank Warren, insists they are waiting for the outcome of the rematch between unified WBA ‘super’, WBO, IBF and IBO champion, Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia on August 20, rather than looking at Chisora.
The victor of next Saturday’s rematch could set-up an undisputed title clash with ‘The Gypsy King’, who appears to have ended his short-lived retirement.
The 33-year-old, undefeated two-time heavyweight world champion announced after his sixth round stoppage over Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium in April that he was retired from the sport.
Fury reiterated his stance in interviews afterwards and insisted it would take a figure of £500m to tempt him to reverse his decision.
Although, he then said in a recent video posted on social media that he was willing to face Joshua for free if he overcomes Usyk 11 months on from losing by unanimous decision at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Fury, who has already beaten Chisora twice in 2011 and 2014 respectively, claimed on Monday that his compatriot was “running” from a third meeting and on Tuesday confirmed that he intended to come back to face the 38-year-old with training partner Isaac Lowe as his new coach.
Chisora, who secured revenge over Kubrat Pulev in their rematch in July, responded to Fury’s call-out by urging Arum and Warren to get in contact with him.
Arum though has denied that they are looking at a trilogy with Chisora and insists ’The Gypsy King’ is just having fun.
“He’s having fun,” Arum told Fight Freaks Unite.
“He gets up in the morning. He figures what kind of s*** to stir up and he says whatever he thinks.
“And because he gets so many hits on all these [social media] platforms he has a built in audience.
“If he got up tomorrow and said he’s coming back to fight X and that the only person that he’ll trust to train him is Bob Arum, he’s capable of saying that.”
Asked whether a bout with Chisora was being explored, Arum added: “Of course not. Nothing.
“What are we, crazy? Everybody is waiting for the fight to happen a week from Saturday and then we’ll explore whether it’s feasible to do a fight for the complete unification.
“He’s having fun, for Christ sake! Don’t take it seriously!”
ESPN’s Mike Coppinger claimed that the offer to Chisora was made by Goldstar Promotions, the company which have staged Fury’s recent tours across the UK, with the fight targeted for December at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.
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Arum said only an unforeseen injury to the winner of Usyk-Joshua would make a showdown with Chisora a possibility.
“[If the Usyk-Josua] winner needs a lot more time off because of an injury and so forth then there is a possibility we’d move ahead with a Chisora fight.
“We’re all waiting for the fight in Saudi Arabia to take place and, hopefully, Usyk wins and then our path is clear. Of course, if Joshua wins, in the UK it’s a much bigger fight.”